Andrew Cole is insisting his old boss Sir Alex Ferguson will mastermind another league title for Manchester United to strip rivals City of the league.
The former United striker saw the Reds lose out to an injury-time from Sergio Aguero as the Citizens clinched their first Premier League trophy in sensational fashion.
But Cole believes that watching their neighbours lift the trophy will be enough incentive for United to have a triumphant 2012/13 season.
“You want to win something every single season so when you don’t your time off is naturally going to drag a bit. But they’ll come back doubly determined to do well this season,” Cole told manutd.com.
“When you’ve lost the league you want to get straight back on the horse, so to speak, and set about regaining that trophy.
“As soon as last season finished they would have been thinking about this season. They’ll be thinking about how they can win it back, where it went wrong.”
Many declared United’s team last seasons as overachieving and one of the ‘worst’ they ever had, resulting in discussions of a team overhaul.
Cole, now an ambassador for the club, is claiming that City’s narrow victory is credit the Reds and reveals their strength and depth.
He said: “Yes, we lost the league, but that doesn’t mean we need an overhaul.
“Manchester City spent almost £300million to reach this level and only won the league on goal difference.
“I’m not disputing they were the best team last season – you can never argue with the league table – but they’ve had to spend a lot of money to even get near us. That’s why I think we’re in good shape.
“And whoever the manager signs between now and the start of the season will only improve that squad.”
Cole made 195 appearances for United, scoring 93 times, and switched to Eastlands in 2005 where he stayed for one season and netted nine times in 22 games.
The 40-year-old is the Premier League’s second-highester goalscorer with 187 and played for 12 clubs, including Arsenal, Newcastle, Blackburn and Fulham, in a 20-year career.